TfL have announced (well put out in a PDF) that the 161 bus route from North Greenwich to Chislehurst via Charlton, Woolwich and Eltham will see peak time frequency cuts from March 17th.
Before mass-panic breaks out it’s only a cut from 6 an hour to around 5.
But still, this chipping away at services is concerning. Its starts with a small reduction which many shrug off then could increase months down the line.
The cumulative effect could be very damaging over coming years.
The reason is clear – TfL have seen large cuts from central government, the fares freeze has cost additional amounts and passenger numbers are stagnant (though TfL argue they would likely have reduced further without a freeze).
And this bus route passes through some very busy areas. North Greenwich and the Peninsula is not getting any quieter.
Ikea opens before the year is out, St Mary Magdalene school for 1,600+ pupils beins a large-scale expansion this year and of course thousands more homes are rising.
It comes mere weeks after both Greenwich and Labour Tories pushed for better and faster services from Eltham.
This move follows other cuts recently announced. Consultation was also held on cutting the 472 bus frequency though the 180 would be redirected from Lewisham to north Greenwich.
853 has also covered south east London stealth cuts here.
Diamond Geezer has been doing the same on a London-wide basis dating back to last September here.
On the bright side hybrid buses are being introduced on the route.